Mick Schumacher scores first F1 points for Haas at British GP | Formula One

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Fighting to keep his job at the pinnacle of motorsport, the son of legendary seven-time Formula 1 champion Michael Schumacher scored his first points for the only American team on the F1 grid after finishing eighth in the British Grand Prix on Sunday at Silverstone.

Mick Schumacher’s eighth-place finish earned Haas – headquartered in North Carolina – four points on the eve of Independence Day in the United States.

In scenes that no one but his closest relatives dared to imagine before the race, as they approached the finish line, the Swiss-born German nearly ran past Max Verstappen, holding him title holder and current championship leader whose Red Bull car had mechanical problems that forced him to settle for seventh place.

Schumacher in an interview afterwards even accused Verstappen of pushing him off the track twice and said his points could go up if the race marshals took a look at their duel.

“For me, I think it’s great to just take those questions away from the media and focus on what’s really important, and that’s racing and driving,” added Schumacher, who received a gesture from congratulations from Verstappen immediately after the grand prix.

Aston Martin driver Sebastian Vettel, the German who won four championships for Red Bull from 2010 to 2013 and was close friends with Schumacher’s father, went on camera after the race and said he was screaming. inside his car when he saw Mick almost rushing past Verstappen. .

“I was actually screaming inside the car, like ‘Come on Mick – go get him!'” Vettel said, as 23-year-old Schumacher laughed beside him. “I’m very happy for him. I think he’s deserved the result for a long time, and it’s great to have it.”

Prior to Sunday, Schumacher had scored no points in his first 29 F1 races, all with Haas. This season it has been at the center of crashes at races in Monaco and Saudi Arabia which have forced Haas to swoop in for costly repairs, eating into the team’s budget significantly.

Haas team principal Guenther Steiner once said of Schumacher: “It’s just not possible to go on like this.” The remark had pundits wondering if Schumacher’s career was in jeopardy, particularly as he was badly outplayed by teammate Kevin Magnussen, who scored 16 points this season.

But on Sunday Schumacher finished two places ahead of Magnussen, after a race that saw early retirements from six drivers, most of whom were involved in a crash at the start. Schumacher started in 19th – second to last – place.

The result left Haas eighth in the 10-team constructors’ championship and Schumacher ahead of three drivers in the individual standings, giving him at least a reprieve on Sunday.

“To finish!” Schumacher said more his radio as he crossed the finish line. “I told you guys that [was] week for me!

“Prove them wrong and believe in yourself – that’s what I say to that.”

Schumacher was five when his father won his last F1 championship in 2004. Only Lewis Hamilton – who finished third on Sunday for Mercedes behind Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz and Red Bull’s Sergio Pérez – has won as many drivers’ titles as the elder Schumacher.

Michael Schumacher has not been known to the public since he suffered a severe brain injury while skiing in December 2013.

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